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    Post by montie Sat May 11, 2013 9:16 am

    Hi all, since I was a kid, I always fancied making my own bows and cross-bows. Not much came from this regarding bows but I have built 3 crossbows, all of them with leafsprings. The first one I built was as a 15 year old kid as per design I found in a Popular Mechanics hard cover book in our school library, the second one was a modification of the design and was more of a " bow pistol" than anything else. Sadly, these were given away in a bout of stupidity.
    The last one was built about10 years ago, again a modification of the original design but this time I lenghtened the stock and the bow length, still made from a vehicle leaf spring and a 1/4" cable as the string. All in all, it still needs additional mods, it is heavy, the bolt does not penetrate as much as what one would expect and the bolts are simply placed on top of the stock, so no downwards shooting or any funny moves, or the bolt falls off.
    I thus hope to learn a lot on this forum.
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    Post by montie Sat May 11, 2013 10:48 am

    I just had a look at Zigiman's thread, and must admit my effort took a lot less calculations and could be considered very "modern" in comparison. Basics remained the same though, I am using cable though as the string and think that I am paying a huge levy for that! I will collect my effort from my friend's farm, disassemble it and post the pics. All in all, after just one thread and I am mightily impressed!
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    Post by kenh Sat May 11, 2013 11:24 am

    Pictures Montie! We need to see pictures!

    You're right that a 1/4" cable is a huge price. For under $15 you can gave a custom string made to your specs.

    There's tons to read here that will help you improve the next iteration of your crossbow. A new tiller with groove and bolt clip and perhaps an improved action. Read on!

    Got questions, ask away, the folks here make up pretty good answers Shocked


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    Post by montie Sun May 12, 2013 12:35 pm

    Thanks Ken, I will post pics as soon as I get back from the farm where I left the crossbow, it will only be in 3weeks or so, though.
    Reading through the posts last night, another type of string is my first priority, I just need to get the proper material, fortunately, there is a bow shop in town. Secondly, a retainer clip, I always thought it would be something intricate, but from what I have seen, it is pretty straight forward.

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